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NASCAR Becomes Latest To Denounce Indiana Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

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For decades, NASCAR has been the refuge of the right, but today the sporting organization issued a strong statement condemning Indiana’s anti-gay law.

The past five days have grown increasingly uncomfortable for supporters of inequality and anti-gay hate. From the moment Governor Mike Pence signed the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday, it seems every hour brings another major opponent of the law.

Pence’s RFRA, despite his claims, is designed to be a license to discriminate against minorities and women, but the LGBT community has been its primary target.

Today, NASCAR – which is the second most-viewed sports franchise, next only to the NFL – issued a strong condemnation of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 

Once considered a refuge for supporters of inequality, NASCAR has made its intentions clear.

UPDATE – Breaking: Arkansas Passes Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill ‘Virtually Identical’ To Indiana’s

And that’s important for a sport almost synonymous with Indianapolis.

“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race,” NASCAR’s Brett Jewkes, senior vice president and chief communications officer, said in a statement to NBC Sports.

“For 105 years the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has engaged millions who want to celebrate the true spirit of American racing. IMS will continue to warmly welcome all who share our enthusiasm for motorsports – employees, participants and fans.”

This morning Governor Pence defended the RFRA, but called for a bill to “clarify” the law’s intention.

 

Related:

Nancy Pelosi Weighs In On Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Watch Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment: ‘Why The NCAA Must Pull The Final Four Out Of Indiana’

Jeb Bush: Americans Don’t Know ‘The Facts’ On Indiana ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

 

Image by Stephanie Wallace via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip: TIME

 

 

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The Commission on Presidential Debates will announce a change to the rules for Thursday night’s final debate, and it’s sure to anger President Donald Trump. The Commission will allow the candidates’ microphones to be muted while their opponent is speaking, which is one of the reasons Trump gave for pulling out of last week’s virtual debate.

“As in the first debate, each candidate will be allotted two minutes of speaking time to initially answer the moderator’s questions,” The New York Times reports. “But under a plan being finalized by the commission on Monday, his opponent’s microphone would be turned off during that period, an attempt to ensure an uninterrupted response.”

Explaining why participating in a virtual debate would be “a waste of time” for him, Trump last week specifically said one of the reasons he wouldn’t is because moderators could “cut you off,” meaning cut his microphone off.

Trump has yet to react to the change in the rules.

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Eleven of the most extreme House Republicans are urging Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden.

Fox News reports the Republicans want Barr “to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged revelations coming from a laptop purported to have belonged to Joe Biden’s son Hunter — specifically the elder Biden’s alleged participation in his son’s business dealings.”

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Trump is attacking Barr for not having already opened an investigation into the Bidens.

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President Donald J. Trump made his closing pitch to who he called “suburban housewives” at his Arizona rally Monday. He bellowed, “Women, I like women — I like women!” in a classic Trumpian move while his supporters cheered.

“Listen, here’s the story. They said ‘suburban women’ — I used to call them ‘suburban housewives,’ I got killed all the time. I said, ‘ugh, I better go politically correct.’ Is there one woman here who minds being called, if you’re married at least, a ‘suburban housewife’ ’cause…”

The crowd erupted with “No!”

“The only ones who mind are those characters… there’s a lot of people up there – the press, right? Those are the only ones. The rest of them don’t.”

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